Daily Republic Sports
BROOKINGS — Briggs Havlik and Carson Max each placed first as the Mitchell High School wrestling team took third place at the Les Tlustos-Brookings Invite on Saturday in Brookings. Mitchell recorded 162 team points at the tournament and had nine wrestlers place. Pierre won the 15-team tournament with 239.5 points. "It was a good bounce back from (Friday's dual loss to Huron). We had kids step up and win close matches," MHS head coach Travis Carpenter said. "It's all about believing in yourself."
PLANKINTON — Winner cruised past Mount Vernon/Plankinton 53-33 in a girls basketball game Friday. Winner (13-2): Morgan Hammerbeck led the Warriors with 18 points and five rebounds, while Madyson Frazier tallied 14 points and eight assists. Up next: The Warriors will travel to Stephan to play Crow Creek on Thursday. MVP (6-7): Katlyn Briggs put up 12 points and six rebounds for the Titans, while Camie Walz scored nine points and added four steals. Up next: MVP will play Mitchell Christian on Tuesday in Mitchell. W 10 23 35 53 MVP 9 14 28 33
HURON — A high-scoring contest got away from Mitchell in the second period, as the Huron All Stars took down the Marlin boys hockey team 9-4 at Bergman Arena Friday. Huron scored the first three goals of the game in the first 3 minutes, 40 seconds and scored four straight in the second period to build a 7-2 lead. Carter Stucky and Austin Kerr each scored on power play goals for Mitchell, with Payton Olson adding a goal and Peyton Nash scoring short-handed in the third period. Kerr and Nash each had assists for two-point games, and Nicholas Lord had an assist.
On Thursday, the Ethan girls basketball team was too much for Mitchell Christian to handle as the Rustlers raced to a 54-18 victory in Mitchell. Cameryn Logan led Ethan with 20 points, while Karly Gustafson added 12 points for the Rustlers, who held Mitchell Christian to just six field goals. "They are a really good defensive team. They were really quick," MCS head coach Chris Nemec said. "Ethan is a great team. They are well-coached."
A big second half carried Ethan over Mitchell Christian in high school boys basketball action on Thursday. The Rustlers outscored the Golden Eagles 38-25 in the second half to flip a 35-32 deficit into a 70-60 victory. Four Ethan players scored in double figures with Abiah Plastow scoring a game-high 18 points. Brady Hawkins added 17 points, while Derek Storm and Eric Gustafson each had 15 points. "I thought we played with really good energy," MCS head coach Jesse Tolsma said. "In the second half, Ethan transitioned into a zone defense and that slowed us down a little bit."
MADISON — Touting its second varsity lineup, the Mitchell High School gymnastics team placed second at the Madison Triangular on Thursday in Madison. Mitchell recorded a team score of 140.75, while Madison finished with 141.55 points and Brookings took third with 137.7 points.
BRANDON—The Mitchell boys basketball team couldn't overcome a hot-shooting first half by Brandon Valley, falling 66-54 against the Lynx on Thursday. The Lynx went 12-for-18 from the field in the first half to help spur a 17-11 first quarter lead and a 34-25 halftime advantage. "They absolutely shot lights out in the first quarter," Mitchell coach Todd Neuendorf said. "I think that was the difference in the basketball game. We probably beat them the rest of the game."
GREGORY — Avon edged Gregory 56-53 in a close boys basketball game Thursday. Avon (6-5): Jacob Cihak scored 14 points, Brady Cameron tallied 12, Jimmy Schuurmans scored nine, and Logan Schuurmans put up eight points. Up next: Avon plays Menno on Monday in Avon. Gregory (4-8): Jayd VanDerWerff poured in 23 points and nine rebounds, while Coy Determan scored 13 points. Aaron Voigt had five assists and Determan added four. VanDerWerff also picked up five steals. Up next: Gregory plays Lyman on Tuesday in Gregory. A 13 23 39 56 G 17 30 41 53
VERMILLION — Matt Mooney scored 30 points and South Dakota snapped South Dakota State's eight game win streak with an 87-68 victory on Wednesday night in college men's basketball at the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — The Dakota Wesleyan University's women's basketball team capped off a three-game road swing with a win over the nationally ranked University of Jamestown on Wednesday. The No. 12 Tigers outscored the No. 6 Jimmies 29-10 in the fourth quarter and won the non-conference game 86-75 in Jamestown, North Dakota. DWU's victory snapped a 16-game win streak for Jamestown and the Tigers have handed the Jimmies (20-3) two of their three losses this season.